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NURIC - Capacity Building in Nursing Informatics Competencies to Foster the Digital Transformation of Healthcare


Digitalization in our society and in healthcare is increasingly affecting the work of nurses. Nurses play a crucial role in using and promoting digitalization in our society, and in healthcare it is increasingly affecting the work of nurses. NURIC is an international project of cooperation and partnership of several institutions from different countries. Its aim is to promote competencies in nursing informatics for nursing VET (Vocational Education and Training) students (“initial VET”) and for professional nurses (“continuing VET”). Including nursing informatics skills in Vocational Education and Training would enhance their employability in various roles, support their personal development, and foster modern health care.

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ Program and is rewarded with a total grant of almost 400,000 euros. It will involve market actors, develop a curriculum adapted to the local needs, and pilot and evaluate shorter nano-courses and more intensive certificate courses (up to 20 ECTS) in nursing informatics. At least ten nano-courses and at least one certificate course for at least 15 participants will be implemented in each country. A web-based repository of OER (open educational resources) learning materials will be available and hosted also after the end of the project. In Kosovo, the Chamber of Nurses expects to recognize the courses. In Israel, accreditation by the Ministry of Health will be sought.

The project is fully tailed to the objectives of the program by enhancing the capacity of the involved VET providers to build sustainable digital educational programs for nursing professionals, to offer modern VET programs, and to build a repository of learning materials and instructional designs for professional VET education in blended-learning format.

All academic partners have long years of experience in participating in or leading European projects and in research and education in nursing informatics. Thus, the partners in Austria and Italy have the expertise to support the VET providers in Kosovo and Israel in designing a nursing informatics course that is strongly rooted in international recommendation of nursing informatics education, but also take local needs into account. All partners in all countries have experience in training professional nurses which guarantees that the instructional (blended-learning and online) design will be successful.

On behalf of Holon Institute of Technology, the project is led by the team of Medical Digital Technologies Department with Dr. Rafael Barkan, Dr. Hadas Lewy, Dr. Nissim Harel and Dr. Tomas Karpati.


The Partners:

UMIT TIROL – Private Universität für Gesundheitswissenschaften und -technologie GmbH, Austria - Coordinator

Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education, Kosovo

Consociazione Nazionale Associazioni Infermiere I, Italy

Dimiourgiki Skepsi Anaptyxis, Greece

Holon Institute of Technology, Israel

Kolegji Universum O.P, Kosovo

Medical Research Infrastructure Development and Health Services Fund By the Sheba Medical Center, Israel

Unicamillus - Saint Camillus International University of Health and Medical Sciences, Italy